7.28.2016

Top 10 Best Road Trip Stops In America

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RoadTripOil #CollectiveBias

My favorite way to travel has always been by car. I love that I can take my time, choose my own route, and listen to all of my favorite road trip tunes. My car has seen a lot of places (from Upstate, NY to Southern Utah) and has quite a lot of miles under her belt(s) - we're talking near 200,000 - so I make sure that I am feeding her the best when it comes to oil. The Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® is perfect for my car and keeps her running smoothly from state to state. Best of all, I can pop in to Walmart and have my oil changed in the Auto Care Center while I stock up on all of my road trip essentials - which saves me time and money!

I always love telling other people about my adventures and encouraging them to take some of their own. So I have put together a list of 10 of my "favorite" (I can hardly call these my "favorite" as every trip is!) road trip stops that I have visited in the USA. From Alaska to New York, there is such a variety in this one country - my love for this landscape grows with every trip. Keep in mind, some of these posts are quite old, so I apologize if you click through and find terrible grammar and photo quality...

Noncontiguous US - Exit Glacier, Alaska
Really, I could have listed everything I did in Alaska. But this was so long ago that I don't have many (blog-worthy) pictures to choose from. However, this really was one of my favorite experiences while living in Alaska. Exit Glacier is located in Seward and is a fairly easy hike that leads right up to the glacier, itself.

Pacific Northwest - La Push Beach, Washington
I had always dreamed of visiting the beaches of Washington and was ecstatic when that wish came true, last Summer. No matter what time of year it is, you can almost always count on La Push Beach being filled with fog and driftwood. And in the distance, rocky islands peak through the clouds as they clear. photo c/o delaina graff photography

Northwest - Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park
What would a road trip through America be without a stop at Old Faithful? While you wait for the well-timed eruption of this ancient geyser, you can take a stroll along the boardwalk and admire all of the hot springs and mud pots. It's really one of those things you have to do in your lifetime. photo c/o delaina graff photography

Southwest - Delicate Arch, Arches National Park
This is one of those places you visit and feel like you've stepped onto another planet. With rocks that look more like they came from Mars than from Earth, it's a spectacular sight to see. And what would a trip be to the Southwest without a stop at Delicate Arch?

West - Garden of the Gods, Colorado
This (admission free) park is another one of those "other-worldly" spots. Plopped in the middle of the Rocky Mountains lies an iron-rich range of some of the most popular rocks for rock climbers, in the world. Garden of the Gods is perfect for a quick drive-through or an all-day experience.

Central US - Monument Rocks, Kansas
Located in the.middle.of.nowhere is one of my most favorite road trip stops, ever. Monument Rocks are the remains of a prehistoric lake in the middle of the flat, Kansas landscape. You can't even see them until you're almost right on top of them - which is the strangest experience. But walking through the archways and formations of ancient sandstone is an experience I recommend to all road trippers.

Midwest - Gateway Arch, Illinois
In the heart of St. Louis, Illinois, you'll find one of the most iconic structures in the US. Gateway Arch is such a fun and unique experience for any road tripper. Visiting the underground park shops and then climbing into a pod that takes you to the crest of the arch - where you can then walk around and view the city from all angles - is not to be missed!

Southeast - Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park
I'm a sucker for a great mountain range, and Shenandoah (although not like the rocky peaks I am used to) was definitely a must-see for me. Taking Skyline Drive was the best way to see it and worth the slight detour if you're passing through Virginia.

Southeast pt. 2 - National Mall, Washington, DC (new post to come, enjoy all of my east coast posts, until then)
I left a big chunk of my heart in DC when I left, and I don't think I'll be getting it back. There are endless options of (free!) things to do along the National Mall which can make it the easiest and most overwhelming park in the US. A few of my favorites are the monuments, The Library of Congress, and the Renwick Gallery!

Northeast - Freedom Tower, NYC
The Freedom Tower is worth the visit not only because of its beauty, but because of what it means and what it stands for. I remember 9/11 very well and visiting this site was a humbling experience. Even though the crowd is always large, the people are always hushed when visiting this commemorative landmark.

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Now that you've seen ten of my favorite road trip sites, tell me about some of yours; I'm always looking for something new to see!

P.S. Be sure to head to your local Walmart Auto Center and grab some of your own Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle®. It's currently on Rollback ($39.88 on Rollback to $35.88) until September 28th!

7.27.2016

No-Bake Bravery Bites // Back to School Gift Idea

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BTSSpirit #SweetSquad #CollectiveBias

When I was younger, I was always that kid who was nervous about everything... Ok fine, I'm still that way... Sometimes I just needed a little extra push to get me out of my shell. Since it's back to school season, I thought it would be appropriate to share a little recipe for some Bravery Bites with M&M's® from Walmart. These Bravery Bites are the perfect way to give your little one (or you, lets face it) some energy and a little pick-me-up when they need it most.

To make the Bravery (energy) Bites, you will need:
1 cup Oats
1/2 cup Shredded Coconut
1/4 cup Chia Seeds
1/4 cup Flaxseeds
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 cup Raw Honey
2/3 cup Peanut Butter (or more as needed)
1/2 cup M&M's®

Directions:
In a bowl, stir together your dry ingredients. Once they are well blended, add in your vanilla and stir it in. In a separate bowl, stir together your peanut butter and honey, then add it to the dry mixture. Stir until the dry ingredients are completely covered in the pb&h, then fold in the M&M's® (flavor of your choice). Once all of the ingredients are well blended, form the mixture into 1" energy bites. For a cool treat on a hot day, stick them in the fridge or freezer until cold, then enjoy!

To take your Bravery Bites to the next level and give your kid or friend that extra bit of "oomph" they need, I came up with a cute way you can gift them, in a Bravery Bottle - inspired by the new Ghostbusters movie. Using the Bravery Bites I just made and a Mixed Mini Variety Bag, you can easily recreate this Bravery Bottle for anyone that needs a pick-me-up.

You will need:
1 Mason Jar
1 ft Bakers Twine
Scissors
Hole Punch
THIS Ghostbusters inspired printable
Mixed Mini Variety Bag
Bravery Bites

Directions:
In your mason jar, drop in some of your favorite MARS candy. I mixed in some M&M's®, SNICKERS®, and Milky Way®. After you have filled your jar about 1/3 of the way, layer in some of your freshly made Bravery Bites. Next, place your jar's lid back on, tightly, then wrap your bakers twine around the top. Before you run out of length, tie on your printable, and then you're good to go! All that's left is to deliver your Bravery Bottle, proudly!

Do you have kids going back to school? Whether they could use the encouragement or not, I'm sure they'd love this little Bravery pack to let them know you care.

When shopping for your Bravery Bites supplies, be sure to keep an eye out for an in store coupon with savings of $0.75 off 1 M&M's® Bottle July 17 - September 30. Also be sure to catch Ghostbusters in theaters now!

7.25.2016

Petite Fashion Tips // No Sew Hemming

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WardrobeSolutions #CollectiveBias

As a petite woman who loves fashion, finding clothing that fits can be a challenge. There have been too many instances in my life where I have bought something with the intention of having it altered, only to never have it altered then giving the item to someone with a bit more height. A few years ago I decided I couldn't and wouldn't do that anymore. It was a waste of money and the clothing never sat right. And while I love having clothing that actually fits, there are still those items that I just can't pass up and have to snag - even if they're a bit big.

That's where my new bff, Scotch™Essentials from Target comes in. With Scotch™ Essentials Adjustable Hem Tape, I can adjust those articles of clothing that might be a bit big, without spending a lot of time and money to have them altered. This dress is a new favorite of mine, but when I tried it on, the ends of the dress hit the floor. So I used a little Scotch™ Essentials Adjustable Hem Tape and voila! Problem solved! Now I can wear this dress, and other items that start out a little too long, anytime and anywhere, thanks to Scotch™Essentials.


To use the Scotch™ Essentials Adjustable Hem Tape, follow these instructions:

Step 1 - Remove the Scotch™ Essentials Adjustable Hem Tape from the pouch
Step 2 - Remove the backing from one side of the Scotch™ Essentials Adjustable Hem Tape
Step 3 - Apply the Scotch™ Essentials Adjustable Hem Tape to the very edge of your hem
Step 4 - Remove the backing from the other side of the Scotch™ Essentials Adjustable Hem Tape
Step 5 - Fold over your hem to your desired length, then press it into place

You can find the Scotch™ Essentials items in the closet section near the sewing machines and kits.

With options like the Scotch™ Essentials Wardrobe Tape Strips, Scotch™ Essentials Permanent Hem Bonding Strips, Scotch™ Essentials White Mark Eraser, Scotch™ Essentials Lint Lifting Pocket Packs, and the Scotch-Brite™ Lint Roller, I'm basically set for life as far as basic alterations and adjustments go! Now you can save $1 on any Scotch™ Essentials item with THIS COUPON (expires 9/2/16), or use THIS CARTWHEEL OFFER to receive 5% off your Scotch™ Essentials purchase (expires 7/30/16). Also, be sure to check out the Scotch™ Essentials SOCIAL HUB to see other great tutorials, diys, and style ideas!

7.23.2016

Exploring Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands Pt. 5


Read Pt. 1 // 2 // 3 // 4

As our day and our trip to Moab, Utah ended, we moved westward towards the sunset. We spent the last few hours of daylight at the edge of cliffs - soaking up the beauty that surrounded us. From the glistening river to the russet rocks; there just isn't much that compares to this kind of a view.

At the last minute we decided to chase the sun towards Canyonlands National Park and watch it set from a canyon overlook. It turned out to be a great decision, as the park was quiet and still. Snow still covered part of the ground, which contrasted with the clay beautifully. Once the sun had set, we climbed back into my car and headed for home.
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